The DS line will be launched in China this year and, to mark the event, Citroën has designed a new concept car, Numéro 9, which will be unveiled at the Beijing Motor Show.
Specifically, it previews a new executive sedan that will go on sale in China later this year and that’s likely to be called DS9.
The Numero 9 sits on 21-inch wheels, with its glassy roof just 1.27m off the ground.
Like most of Citroën’s concepts of the recent past, the Numéro 9 packs an advanced plug-in hybrid drivetrain, which promises a combined fuel economy of up to 138 mpg but with performance that would put many modern sports cars to shame. A 52kW/200Nm rear axle-mounted electric motor and a 165kW/275Nm petrol engine will help the vehicle to hit 60 mph in just 5.4 seconds.
In addition, the battery can be recharged from a standard power socket in 3.5 hours, allowing the Numero 9 concept to operate in all-electric rear-wheel-drive mode for up to 50km.
Interesting is that when grip is lacking, the car switches to all-wheel drive mode with the electric motor driving the rear wheels and the combustion engine powering the front wheels.
Numéro 9 Specifications
Dimensions & Weight
Length: 4.93 m
Width: 1.94 m
Height: 1.27 m
Wheelbase: 3.00 m
Laden Weight: 1500kg
Plug-in Hybrid drive-train
1.6 THP petrol engine developing 225hp (165kW) / torque of 275Nm
Electric motor on rear axle: power of 70hp / torque of 200Nm
ZEV (Zero Emissions Vehicle) mode: range of 50km
Performance and Consumption
0-1000m: 25.3 seconds
0-100 km/h: 5.4 seconds
Top speed: 244km/h
Fuel Consumption: 1.7 l/100km
CO2 emissions: 39 g/km
Press days for the 2012 Beijing Auto Show commence on April 23.